Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Still not taking no for an answer...

This morning, the Atlanta Court of Appeals denied the Schindler appeal of the decision not to grant an emergency reinsertion of the feeding tube for the duration of the federal trial. If you're interested, here is the transcript of that 2-1 decision (.pdf), as provided by Also available is Judge James Whittemore's original denial of the feeding tube reinsertion (.pdf). Other transcripts and files can be found at's archive on the Terri Schiavo case. According to CNN, the Schindlers will be appealing their case directly to the Supreme Court, which, of course, has previously chosen not to hear the case, favouring instead to side with what the lower courts have decided. On another note, there was discussion in the lab yesterday over the Schiavo case, and Beeman directed my attention to the fact that Judge Greer, the judge who most recently agreed to have Terri's feeding tube removed, has been placed under armed protection after receiving death threats. Doesn't it strike anyone else as a little hypocritical for the side so desperately advocating a culture of life to be issuing death threats? Update: The Schindlers are seeking a rehearing in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and are also pushing an 'emergency' bill through the Senate. CNN says:

The bill that might be considered in the Florida Senate on Wednesday would prohibit the suspension of food and water from patients in a persistent vegetative state when the sole purpose of such a suspension was to end the life of the patient, or if there was any conflict regarding the decision, and if the patient left no living will to express his or her wishes in such a circumstance.
That is precedence-setting, isn't it?


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